ATLANTA—Michael Phelps will hit the water today at the U.S. short-course national championships, testing his surgically repaired right wrist for the first time in competition since he hurt himself getting into a car in October.
"I've been doing a lot of turns full-speed on it. I've been able to get a lot of pressure put on it to see how it's all going to handle," said Phelps, of Rodgers Forge, who broke a small bone in his wrist last month. "It feels fine. The first few times, it hurt a little bit because I hadn't done those motions before in a while."
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Phelps will resume his pursuit of Mark Spitz's record of seven golds in an Olympics. He plans to race three individual events and possibly a couple of relays this week, his first competition since the nationals in August.
"If I come in and swim well, then OK," he said. "If I don't, it's going to get me motivated. If I don't compete well, it makes me pretty upset."